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Armeen Mazda

CEO, Appeon

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Armeen Mazda is the co-founder and CEO of Appeon. Prior to becoming CEO, Armeen served various other roles in Appeon, including Product Management, Business Development, and Operations. Prior to co-founding Appeon, Armeen was co-founder of NetUpSide, a Silicon Valley-based incubator of high-tech startups. Armeen is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and holds 5 U.S. patents in the area of Web application technologies.

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Mark Wensel

Senior Developer, United Insurance Group

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Mark is the expert in United Insurance Group on PowerServer and led the development of the PowerServer 2021 deployment during the last 2 months. Recent Projects: 2021 – Deploy complex client/server application InsurPAS (Insurance Paperless Automation System) to PowerServer 2021. Used by remote insurance agents in another state. 2020 – Built WebAPI in SnapDevelop to integrate texting into InsurPAS client/server app. This texting integration allows Claim Adjusters to fully leverage texting, including pictures and documents, with our claim handling process. 2009 – 2021 – Enhance and maintain InsurPAS client/server application.

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Chris Pollach

Director Developer Relations, Appeon

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Mr. Pollach joined Appeon in 2016 in the capacity as Director, Developer Relations. He is responsible for developer liaison, PowerBuilder courses, technical presentations and support. Mr. Pollach is a former Technical Solutions Architect and DEVOPS specialist with over 30 years experience in Systems Software Analysis, Development, Maintenance and Technical Support IT areas. Mainly in the areas of GUI Design, MS-Windows Programming, Wireless, Application / Web Server Design, Object Oriented Development Tools, Methodologies, Database and Network application development. He has participated in numerous technical, planning and management roles, as well as consulted and educated in these fields for a diverse clientele.

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Julie Jiang

Product Manager, Appeon

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Julie Jiang is the Product Manager of Appeon, driving the product roadmap, feature definitions, and release management. Julie joined Appeon in 2002 and worked closely with Sybase to create the first documentation for PowerServer. Julie’s past work experience includes technical support manager at TUV Rheinland and system analyst at Accela Automation. Julie is a graduate of the University of Science and Technology in China, and holds degrees in both Computer Science and Arts.

Community Presenters

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Bruce Armstrong

Development Lead, Integrated Data Services

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Bruce Armstrong is a development lead with Integrated Data Services (IDS). Prior to joining IDS in 2004 he spent 15 years as an independent consultant doing PowerBuilder development. He is an Appeon MVP and has done sessions on PowerBuilder at Sybase TechWaves, SAP TechEds, Appeon Elevate conferences, local user group meetings in Columbia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Italy and France as well as online webcasts.

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Matthew Balent

Programmer Analyst, Concentra

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I've been using PowerBuilder since version 5 at numerous companies in the healthcare, insurance, materials processing, and public utility sectors. I've presented at numerous conferences on PowerBuilder.

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Donald Clayton

President, Intertech Consulting, Inc.

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Don Clayton is the President of Intertech Consulting, Inc., Appeon’s North American Consulting Partner. Intertech previously partnered with SAP and Sybase for 25 years and was a PowerSoft Partner prior to that. Don has 30 years of PowerBuilder experience and over 30 years of industry and consulting experience. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Rice University where he taught courses at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Management for nine years and maintained a research effort on modern software analysis and design techniques. Don is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

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Gian Luca De Bonis

CEO/CTO, Enable Development OÜ

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Gian Luca De Bonis is an international consultant, Scrum specialist, and IT project manager, that has created several solutions for PowerBuilder and is consulting customers around the world on PowerBuilder, Agile methodologies and PowerBuilder-to-C# migration using the .Net DataStore

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Christophe Dufourmantelle

CEO, Novalys

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Founder and CEO of Novalys, developing tools for PowerBuilder developers since 1998.

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Brian Le Suer

CEO, Zeenyx Software, Inc

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Brian Le Suer is the CEO of Zeenyx Software, a company dedicated to building next generation testing solutions. He is a founding partner of Star Quality, a New England based firm specializing in consulting and training for SQA and automated testing. Brian served as Executive Vice President of R&D for Segue Software, where he built a world class engineering team and played a key role in a successful IPO. His earlier career experience includes various roles as a SQA engineer, technical writer and technical trainer. He regularly contributes presentations and articles for various industry events and publications. He holds a Masters of Computer Science from the University of New Haven and a BA in English Literature from CCSU.

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Francisco Martinez

Technical Support Engineer, Appeon

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Computer Systems Engineer working for Appeon as a Technical Support Engineer since March 2021.

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Marco Meoni

Appeon MVP, softpi.com

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Ph.D in Computer Science. Appeon MVP and PowerServer enthusiast since the early days. Lead Appeon expert in dozens of worldwide migration projects to Web and Mobile architectures. Invited speaker at Elevate conferences and national User Groups. Taught PowerBuilder and Appeon development techniques to hundreds of developers. Keen on Web and Mobile technologies. Pioneered the field of interactive Grid computing at CERN, publishing several scientific articles. Broad knowledge in Big Data programming frameworks and predictive models using Machine Learning.

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Giuseppe Moglia

CTIO, Sata Consulting

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Born in 1978, living in Bagnaria in amazing Oltrepò Pavese, land of great food and wine, proud dad of Maddalena and Adele and desperate husband of Daniela. I’m an italian food lover and Salame di Varzi pusher. After some experience in Accenture and Italtel, now I’m Chief Technology Innovation Officer, SAP B1 development manager, Power builder junior jedi at Sata Consulting Srl, trying to integrate SAP Business One on HANA with PowerBuilder applications

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Ronnie Po

Developer, Morpheon

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Ronnie Po is the founder and principal of Morpheon Corporation d/b/a ChartBase Medical Systems, an independent consulting and software development business based in Pasadena, California. He is a long-time PowerBuilder and SQL developer specializing in custom line-of-business applications. He received a Laureate Medal in Innovation by IDG’s 2012 Computerworld Honors Program for his work on ChartBase, a specialty medical application developed using PowerBuilder and SQL Anywhere. At the 2011 SAP Tech Ed/Sybase TechWave conference in Las Vegas, his demonstration of an image-mapped query tool was selected as one of seven finalists from a field of over one hundred entries at the annual Demo Jam event, ultimately placing second. In recent years has worked closely with Appeon in testing and showcasing the PowerBuilder and PowerServer products.

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Miller Rhodes

Senior Powerbuilder Architect, Intertech Consulting

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Miller Rhodes has been a member of the professional team at Intertech Consulting for over 6 years. Miller has 29 years of PowerBuilder experience beginning with Version 2.0 Beta. Miller has touched every version leading up to and including Powerbuilder 2021. Miller has also developed extensive knowledge of SnapDevelop and PowerServer as well. Miller previously presented at Elevate 2020.

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Kevin Ridley

Managing Partner, Aomega Solutions LLC

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Kevin is a PowerBuilder MVP with 25+ years of experience from version 3 through current 2019 R2. Kevin has written for the PowerBuilder Developer's Journal and first presented at Techwave for Sybase in the early 2000's and most recently for Appeon at Elevate 2018/2019/2020. Kevin specializes in web service integration and does contract and freelance work as well.

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Alex Riofrio

Product Manager, DORA Sistemas

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PowerBuilder Certified Professional since 2002. I work as Appeon Product Manager for LATAM in Dora Sistemas.

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Thomas Rolseth

Senior Developer, Intertech Consulting, Inc.

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PowerBuilder developer since 1995; developer with Intertech since 2017; experienced in migrations, middle-tier development (SnapDevelop/C#), Git and CI/CD; have worked with clients in nonprofit, government and business sectors

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Mike Searer

Consultant, SBT

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Mike has worked in software development, technical consulting, business consulting, software sales, business management.




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Fili Sosa has been using PB for 28 years. His company has developed an ERP Software for chains of Shoe Stores with 4 PowerBuilder developers during 25 years. The software was initially developed with C/S Technology using PB8 and SQL Server. In the year 2008 the software was migrated to the Web with Appeon PowerServer. The company is now working to migrate the whole system to PowerServer 2021. The Point of Sale is used on a daily basic by 3,500 stores across Latin America and in the year 2019, 30% of the Shoes sold in Mexico were sold with this system.

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John Strano

Senior Consultant, Intertech Consulting, Inc.

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John Strano has been using PowerBuilder since 1991 and has authored articles for multiple industry periodicals. John has been a certified instructor of PowerBuilder and has presented development tools on an international basis since 1997. Over the last 31 years John has developed a variety of applications scaling up to enterprise-class, Web-based projects. He has been a Sybase Technology Evangelist and was a charter member of TeamPowersoft/TeamSybase.

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Buck Woolley

Developer, Dw-eXtreme

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I have worked with Powerbuilder since 1993 starting with version 3.0. I was immediately taken by the power and functionality of the datawindow control and the ease it allows the developer to do so many things. My focus since has been on taking this functionality to the extreme.

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